Brook’s approach to personal, organizational and systemic change has developed through a wide-ranging path of learning. While it is impossible to acknowledge all of the people and traditions who have influenced her development, the following are some of the key lineages, individuals, and communities who have nourished her practice.
Her primary frameworks are Workplace Restoration as taught by the Workplace Fairness Institute, Somatic Experiencing®, popular education, narrative practices, and most recently the Lewis Method of Deep Democracy. She is also deeply informed by restorative and transformative justice frameworks and lineages. It is important to note that the stories of some of these lineages are complex and varied, with deep influence from Indigenous, Black, and South/East Asian wisdom. The contributions of these knowledges are often hidden by histories of colonization. While the specific names and lineages of those teachings may be unavailable, it is important to name their centrality to this work.
People whose writings or teaching she has learned from include Peter Levine, Berns Galloway, Zaid Hassan, Arnold Mindell, Myrna Lewis, Blaine Donais, Kay Pranis, Nkem Ndefo, Staci Haines, Resmaa Menakem, Bonnie Miller, Camille Dumond, adrienne maree brown, Chris Cavanagh, Paolo Friere, Annahid Dashtgart, Shakil Choudhury, Tina Lopes, Barb Thomas, Gary Reiss, Vanessa Reid, Hilary Linton, Elizabeth Hyde, Jared Norton, Christine Kim, Otto Scharmer, Eric Shragge, Nancy Jackson, Bonnie Burstow, Diana Gonzalez, Erika Thorne, James-Amutabi Connie Haines, and Amani Will Carey-Simms. A small sample of the many people who she has learned from through collaboration or conversation include, but are not limited to, Margaret Alexander, Shannon Thompson, Mahlon Evans-Sinclair, Pauline Hwang, Ali Sauer, Roxanna Vahed, Louise Pitre, Lyn Adamson, Aziz Choudhury, Virginia Hamilton, and the entire Prisoners’ Justice Action Committee (formerly of Toronto).
Brook is deeply grateful for the many people and guides, too many to name, who she turns to for wisdom, support and enjoyment of work and life. Teachers come in many forms.
Big Waves is committed to being in solidarity with organizations making change for a more socially, environmentally, and economically just society. This solidarity includes a commitment to contribute financially to organizations and groups that are doing the hard work to create a better world. As a part of this commitment, 3% of Big Waves’s annual net income will be donated to organizations doing this important work. At least 1.5% must be to charitable organizations.
Groups will be prioritized based on their intersectional commitment to the following:
- Environmental protection, climate change and environmental justice
- Indigenous and Black cultural revitalization, sovereignty, and land rights
- 2SLGBTQ+ justice, safety, and wellbeing
- Alternative economy, anti-poverty, housing, and/or prison justice
In recognition that Big Waves is located in unceded Mi’kmaw territory, that African Nova Scotians have lived here for 500 years, and that both groups’ relationships to land have been continuously interrupted by colonization, at least 1% of the total 3% will be donated to organizations that prioritize Mi’kmaw or African Nova Scotian sovereignty, cultural revitalization, and/or land reclamation. This 1% will be offered in the spirit of paying “rent.”
While the majority of donations will go to organizations located in Nova Scotia, some may be given to organizations serving the Atlantic Provinces more generally, or occasionally to national organizations that are supporting important work in this region.